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Chantelle and Jimmy

Wedding Fireworks to Music, Leeds Castle, Kent

The brief: Alchemy Fireworks was asked to produce a spectacular wedding firework display to music for Chantelle and Jimmy’s wedding reception.
The location: The event was held at Leeds Castle in Kent
The display: Our show included a mix of low and mid level quiet fireworks, chosen so as not to disturb the local residents (of the aviary!) and all perfectly choreographed to a selection of the couple’s favourite music. Our FireOne digital firing system and state of the art Bose sound systems make it easy to produce wedding firework displays that are perfectly synchronized to music. Many wedding couples like Chantelle and Jimmy choose a selection of their favourite tunes – for this display the soundtrack featured Alicia Keys and Leona Lewis amongst others – and ask us to produce a mix, so you have your own personalized soundtrack and your own personalized spectacular wedding firework display!
The feedback: “Amazing!”

Sonia and Neil

Wedding Fireworks to Music, Derby, Derbyshire

The brief: Alchemy Fireworks was asked to produce a spectacular 5 minute wedding firework display to music for Sonia and Neil’s wedding reception.
The location: The event was held at Derby Rugby Club in Derbyshire,
The display: Our show included a mix of low, mid and aerial fireworks, all perfectly choreographed to Rule the World by Take That. Our FireOne digital firing system and state of the art Bose sound systems make it easy to produce wedding firework displays that are perfectly synchronized to music, whether it’s Madonna or Mozart. Many wedding couples like Sonia and Neil choose a selection of their favourite tunes and ask us to produce a mix, so you have your own personalized soundtrack and your own personalized spectacular wedding firework display!
The feedback: Sonia was so pleased with her display that she even invited us in for a drink afterwards; it’s not often you go to a wedding reception wearing a set of fire-proof overalls.

Simon and Emma

Wedding Fireworks, near Thirsk, Yorkshire

The brief: Alchemy Fireworks was asked to produce a spectacular wedding firework display for Simon and Emma’s wedding reception.
The location: The event was held at a private residence near Thirsk, in Yorkshire.
The display: The groom gave us an open brief to produce a display a varied aerial firework display for his wedding. He is a big firework fan and a fully trained professional pyrotechnician, but understandably he didn’t want the hassle of actually working to set up his wedding fireworks display, so he asked us to do it for him. (We suspect that he knew something we didn’t because despite it being a mid-summer display the weather was decidedly wet and wild – similar to November the 5th but not what you’d hope for in June.) We spent a good few hours discussing the content of the display, and making show design suggestions before we agreed on a final show design that incorporated all his favourite effects.

Eleanor and Mark

Wedding Fireworks to Music, Barlaston, Staffordshire

The brief: Alchemy Fireworks was asked to produce a spectacular 5 minute wedding firework display to music for Eleanor and Mark’s wedding reception.
The location: The event was held at The Upper House, Barlaston, near Stoke, in Staffordshire.
The display: Our show included a mix of low, mid and aerial fireworks, all perfectly choreographed to a selection of music chosen by the bride, including Queen and Eric Clapton. Our FireOne digital firing system and state of the art Bose sound systems make it easy to produce wedding firework displays that are perfectly synchronized to music, whether it’s Madonna or Mozart. Many wedding couples like Eleanor and Mark choose a selection of their favourite tunes and ask us to produce a mix, so you have your own personalized soundtrack and your own personalized spectacular wedding firework display!
The feedback: “We absolutely loved the fireworks and loads of people commented on how much they enjoyed them.”

Gerard and Anna

Wedding Fireworks, New Forest, Hampshire

The brief: Alchemy Fireworks was asked to produce a spectacular but quiet wedding firework display for Gerard and Anna’s wedding reception.
The location: The event was held at a Rhinefield House Hotel, in the New Forest, Hampshire.
The display: The groom gave us an open brief to produce a display a varied aerial firework display for his wedding. He is a big firework fan, so we had a few phonecalls and email exchanges discussing the content of the display, looking at pictures and images of fireworks, and we even produced a full CGI preview video of the display so that he could give us feedback on our proposal before the display actually took place. Given the nature of the venue the material was restricted to quiet fireworks only, and because the couple didn’t want any music with the display we had to use all our experience to produce a show that was spectacular and exciting but which also kept the noise of the fireworks to an absolute minimum.
The feedback: “we loved it!”

Bruce and Katerina

Surprise Wedding Fireworks, St Albans, Hertfordshire

The brief: Alchemy Fireworks was asked to produce a spectacular surprise wedding firework display.
The location: The event was held at Sopwell House, St Albans, in Hertfordshire.
The display: Our show included a mix of low, mid level and aerial fireworks reaching a maximum height of 600 feet. The groom gave us an open brief to produce a display a varied aerial firework display. The key consideration on this occasion was as much about keeping it a surprise from the bride and the guests as the content of the display itself. Surprise wedding firework displays are something that we are very experienced at producing, and it occasionally requires a little bit of a “cloak-and-dagger” approach and even the occasional white lie to keep the display secret all the way up to firing time – but it’s always worth it for the look on people’s faces when that first volley of fireworks explodes.
The feedback: “The display that you put on was unbelievable, it far exceeded my expectations. Everyone who was at our wedding has commented on it and said it was a brilliant addition, and I have to agree.”

Ryan and Claire

Wedding Fireworks to Music near Grantham, Lincolnshire

The brief: Alchemy Fireworks was asked to produce a spectacular wedding firework display choreographed to music.
The location: The event was held at Harlaxton Manor, near Grantham, Lincolnshire.
The display: Our show included a mix of mid level and aerial fireworks reaching a maximum height of 600 feet. The display was perfectly choreographed to a selection of the bride and groom’s favourite music, including the Top Gun theme because of the groom’s work with the RAF. Our FireOne digital firing system and state of the art Bose sound systems make it easy to produce wedding firework displays that are perfectly synchronized to music, whether it’s Madonna or Mozart. Many wedding couples like Ryan and Claire choose a selection of their favourite tunes and ask us to produce a mix, so you have your own personalized soundtrack and your own personalized spectacular wedding firework display!
The feedback: “We loved the display – it surpassed our expectations 1000 times over.”

Emma and Mark

Wedding Fireworks to Music, near Bath, Avon

The brief: Alchemy Fireworks was asked to produce a spectacular wedding firework display choreographed to music, with the restriction that the fireworks must be quiet.
The location: The event was held at Priston Mill, near Bath, Avon.
The display: Our show included a mix of low and mid level fireworks reaching a maximum height of 200 feet and using only quiet and soft-breaking effects such as comets, mines, willows and falling leaves. The display was perfectly choreographed to a selection of the bride and groom’s favourite music. Our FireOne digital firing system and state of the art Bose sound systems make it easy to produce wedding firework displays that are perfectly synchronized to music, whether it’s Madonna or Mozart. Many wedding couples like Emma and Mark choose a selection of their favourite tunes and ask us to produce a mix, so you have your own personalized soundtrack and your own personalized spectacular wedding firework display!
The feedback: “Massive thanks to you and your team for a truly fabulous fireworks display at our wedding.”

Juliette and Chris

Juliette and Chris
Surprise Wedding Fireworks to Music in Avon

With a few months to go before your big day, going behind the back of your husband-to-be to get what you want probably isn’t something that most marriage counsellors would recommend. Do-gooder friends can’t be trusted to keep schtum about the secret meetings and instantly-deleted texts. What you need is someone who will be guaranteed, 100%, unshakably loyal. You need your mum. In this particular case it helped to have a hedge so that all the illicit business could take place for hours right in under the groom’s nose… ok, ok, I’ve spun that out far too long already, of course, the illicit business in which fiancée and mother-in-law had conspired wasn’t a nasty surprise, but rather a nice one – the planning and production of a surprise firework display for the groom. Both Juliette (bride) and Louise (mother-of-bride) are self-confessed firework lovers, and we enjoyed conversations about favourite fireworks (willows!), past summer concerts at Leeds Castle, and musical selections that both mother and daughter agreed would have them both in tears.

Glenn and Simon rigged the display and PA during the day, and safely tucked away behind the aforementioned hedge, they waited for night time, and firing time. The guests made their way out, and as the music struck up from discreetly positioned speakers the fireworks lit up the Avon sky, to the oohs and aahs of delighted guests, and the surprise of the groom who had been kept in the dark until that point. Well done to Louise and Juliette for keeping the wedding fireworks display a secret, and for an atmospheric choice of music that lent itself perfectly to fireworks.

“Thanks for a fabulous display for Juliette’s wedding, which was a spectacular day. All went to plan and the whole day was enjoyed by all.” Louise

BBC Radio 2 Radcliffe & Maconie Show

Radcliffe and Maconie – Alchemy Fireworks live on BBC Radio 2

And just to think they said it could never be done. Or should be done. Fireworks on the radio? It’ll never work. Even if it is the most listened to station in the UK – BBC Radio 2 – and the show is that one-and-only Radcliffe & Maconie show.
Having been long-time listeners to the programme we got in touch in August on the back of a throw-away comment by Stuart that they should have fireworks for the end of their Jurassic Coast walk from Dorset into Devon. We spoke to the show’s production team, liaised with the local council and the Pavillions in Exmouth and before we knew it we had the green light to go ahead. It was all going so swimmingly, but we were then asked if we would like to have a chat with “the lads” on air as part of the show, amidst such hallowed guests as the Fishermen’s Friends and Edwyn Collins. Of course we couldn’t say no, but for a month the question was whether we would be able to say anything at all or would we just clam up under the pressure of a live audience, a live broadcast to a 7-figure number of listeners, and being interviewed by 2 of the most respected music broadcasters of our times. There were some sleepless nights. But it was alright. In fact, given the self-imposed pressure and the total lack of interview preparation, it was pretty good. The show was special too, fired in a gale on a near-deserted Exmouth beach. Sadly we can’t post the audio here, so if you didn’t hear it at the time you’ll just have to take our word for it. No matter how many years and how many spectacular displays we produce this will always remain a highlight and a treasured memory. Fireworks on the Radio? One of the best ideas we’ve ever had, and the show’s production team agreed – “the feedback has been amazing.”